Dec 082014
Writing about the past

Writing about the past can help you release the negativity while keeping the memory.

When to let go

Connections to the past matter. A lot. But sometimes sadness, hurt, and anger about the past becomes baggage. Carrying those suitcases around make traveling forward more cumbersome and emotionally expensive. Sometimes we have to emotionally let go of past events to keep a healthy relationship with the present and future. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, writing about the past is a great strategy to keep our What-Could–Have-Been from overshadowing our What-Can-Still-Be.

Just so you know which body part I’m speaking from, I’ll confess up front. I’m not good at letting go.

Writing about the past doesn’t just prevent you from bottling up your feelings. Writing can help process the past, enabling us to embrace the present and future. That’s especially true when we combine writing about the past with solid advice from professionals. Although I’m normally all about sharing, these techniques are also helpful when you keep your writing private. Continue reading »

Mar 112013

Who me? It depends.

vertical-fontsChoosing a Font

What font I use depends on what I’m doing and what I’m trying to communicate. Whether I’m crafting or writing (which technically is also a craft), I’m communicating.

There’s a lot of information out there about typography. There’s even personality quizzes to help you determine what font you are. Which confuses me, because I don’t think that’s the purpose of fonts.

Fonts help us communicate effectively

Even in our most artistic moments, we’re trying to convey an emotion, an energy, or, if nothing else, our enthusiasm for the subject matter. Many times we can do this without typography.  However, when we do add type (or handwriting) to our creative works, we want them to work with what we’re trying to communicate, not against it.

Given that, I don’t see how I can be just one font. In business, or in how-to, I want to project confidence and professionalism.  I also want to make sure my readers eyes don’t get tired. For that purpose I might choose a basic font.  (I might also just go with the one that the website platform provides.)

On a scrapbook page, I might choose something much more moody. For my teenagers, I might go with grunge (obvious choice, if you know my teenage boys) but for genealogy I might choose a traditional script.

Design writer Rich Poyner seems to agree with me. He’s quoted as saying, “Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere.” However, he also has the quiz, to tell me what font my personality is.

Who-Am-IWhat Font Are You Quiz Results

To try to figure out what font I am, I took some of the quizzes. Here are the results that I will be forwarding to my therapist.

Quibblos – Arial, a “regular person” not perfect, just good.  (Yes, it said that–couldn’t just leave it at “Arial”)

Buzzfeed – Helvetica

Rick Poynor – Times New Roman

Notice first, that they don’t agree. What’s worse though, it that they are all very basic unexciting fonts. Hmmm. (My therapist might disagree about the “normal” part.)

My advice: Let your communication, rather than your personality determine what personality you are.

© Laura Hedgecock 2013